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Robert Venturi and Dennis Norden!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 19, 2018 by joecetta

A pair of Death Pool staples picked the same week to hitch on that chariot to the great beyond, as architect Robert Venturi and BBC writer and personality Dennis Norden departed at ages 93 and 96, respectively! Philadelphia native Venturi has a bunch of structures in the city, including the Vanna Venturi House, the Guild House, and the Perelman Quadrangle at the University of Pennsylvania, but don’t think that Cheesesteak City is the only place to see his work – he also designed the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery in London! Nice! I’m sure London native Norden must’ve seen that wing at least once! Norden’s BBC work included scripts for the radio programme Take it From Here and Whack-O!, before becoming a panelist and presenter for game shows and retrospective programs. His long running comedy outtakes show It’ll Be Alright ran in one form or another on ITV for nearly 40 years. 

And Dondos scores both deaths one day apart this week, adding 31 points and jumping back into the top five! Well done!

Replacement picks are due by next Wednesday!

Note: I’m away until next Tuesday, so if any deaths take place in the meantime, there will be no updates before then. Stay tuned!


Peter Donat!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 17, 2018 by joecetta

Donat (left) aged young for a flashback with an epic hairdo’d Smoking Man!

Actor Peter Donat trusted no one for the last time last week, at the age of 90! Nephew of Academy Award winner Robert, Donat’s lengthy TV and film career stretched from Kraft Theater and Robert Montgomery Presents shows in the early ’50s straight through to playing that ticking time-bomb of insanity Spooky Mulder’s dad (or was he??) on the early seasons of The X-Files. In between, he appeared in such luminary productions as The Godfather Part Two, The China Syndrome, School Ties, F.I.S.T., Mannix, Rich Man Poor Man Book II, and Dallas. Bill Mulder, everybody!

And Kristin M. snaps one of her longer dry spells in recent memory at 86 days, picking up 20 points for Donat and giving herself some breathing room in fifth overall. Well done!

Replacement pick due by next Monday!

Bill Daily!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 10, 2018 by joecetta

TV star Bill Daily paused for that canned laughter for the last time this week, at the age of 91! Daily is probably best remembered for his roles as Major Nelson’s pal Roger on I Dream of Jeannie and as Bob’s pilot neighbor Howard on The Bob Newhart Show, running for five and six seasons, respectively. He would pop up in many guest roles over the years – including on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Newhart, My Mother the Car, The Love Boat, and Alf, and he was a frequent panelist on later seasons of Match Game.

And Capone picks up his ninth death of the year with Daily, who actually died a day before Rachael Bland last week, but it didn’t make its way into the news until this weekend. The 19 points extend his lead in the Crystal, and put him within a 102 year old of setting a new personal record! Well done!

Replacement pick due by next Monday!

Burt Reynolds!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 6, 2018 by joecetta

We’re trying to appeal to all demographics here at Super Fantasy Death Pool. Enjoy!

One of the biggest movie stars in the world in the 1970s, Academy Award nominee Burt Reynolds Turd Ferguson’d his last today, at the age of 82! A Florida State Seminole halfback in college, Reynolds transitioned to acting in the ’60s, appearing in a number of small parts and westerns, before breaking out with Deliverance in 1972. And the next ten to fifteen years had a ton of hits – or at least a lot of titles you’d recognize from your days lurking around a video store, as is my case – Smokey and the Bandit, Cannonball Run, The Longest Yard, Gator, Sharky’s Machine, Stroker Ace, Semi-Tough, The End, Hooper, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and more. Things took a bit of a dive in the late ’80s/early ’90s – Cop and a Half and whatnot – but then came his career redeeming turn as porn filmmaker Jack Horner in Boogie Nights. Should’ve won that Oscar! Yeah, you heard me, Good Will Hunting! I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention that a few years after this resurgence, Reynolds appeared in one of my dad’s favorite movies, the elderly gangster comedy The Crew, which is fine.

“Yeah, that’s right. Turd Ferguson. It’s a funny name.”

And the Gardons crack 100 for the fourth straight year, picking up 28 points for Reynolds and moving them up a few places in the overall. Well done!

Replacement pick due by next Thursday!

Gloria Jean and Rachael Bland!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 5, 2018 by joecetta

After a brief hiatus, actress Gloria Jean and BBC host Rachael Bland jump us into the final third of the year, departing at ages 92 and 40, respectively! Jean’s Hollywood career only lasted through the ’40s and ’50s, but long enough to co-star with the likes of Bing Crosby in If I Had My Way, W.C. Fields in Never Give a Sucker an Even Break, and Groucho Marx in Copacabana. Born in Buffalo, NY and raised in Scranton, PA – Gloria Jean! No relation to the coffee lady of the same name! Bland started as a BBC radio newsreader and presenter, moving onscreen in 2011 to work for regional BBC news channels, before starting her successful podcast You, Me, and the Big C – the #1 podcast from iTunes here in September. 

And it’s our own born in Buffalo/lived in Scranton participant Sarah who pulls down the 18 points on Jean, extending her record points accumulation while also setting the new mark for total deaths in a year, now at a whopping 17! Capone extends his hold on second place with 70 big points for Bland, and breaks the triple-century mark for the third time in the last four years. Well done, folks!

Replacement picks due by next Wednesday!

Replacement Picks!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 27, 2018 by joecetta

I’m going to do a more involved study of replacement picks soon – how much they actually affect the outcome, how often these picks pay off in the same year, how many teams actually make them, etc. – to try and determine if they are worth keeping, but for now, I thought I would reiterate where to find them, and how they function, basically.

All replacement picks are located at the bottom of the page titled “Teams Year Twelve – 2018”, which also has every other pick made for this year. If you want to find if a celebrity is on a team, whether it’s when they die or if you want to make a replacement, check this page, scrolling through it or searching – it is updated all the time. The replacements are all located at the bottom of the page, and are added as deaths/replacements come in.

If you need to know when your replacement pick is due, the bottom of this page also has that information. For example, the post today has five deaths, and all of those are listed along with the due date, a week out from the date of the post. If the replacement pick isn’t made, the due date turns red:

Mike M. (N. Drahos) – due 8/22

Gardons (A. Franklin) – Joe Morgan

Buonins (K. Annan) – due 9/3

Capone (S. Stefansson) – due 9/3

Skeides (R Leach) – due 9/3

Eileen (J. McCain) – due 9/3

Joe (N. Simon) – Norm Coleman*

*I just made this as my replacement pick

Obviously, before you submit a replacement pick, you should check this page for availability.

I don’t update this page when one of these people dies – not from the original draft or the replacements – as that’s what the blog itself is for. I didn’t see a reason to do it.

As always, let me know if you have any questions.

We’re Back! With Kofi Annan, Stefan Karl Stefansson, Robin Leach, John McCain, and Neil Simon!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 27, 2018 by joecetta

And this post will in no way attempt to capture the magnitude of the collective 37 times these folks were drafted over the years! A couple of ten year men, a former Presidential candidate, a meme superstar, and a mainstay of the general television consciousness in the 1980s all took the red eye to Cloud City this past week, with former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan kicking it off on the 18th. Holding down the position for ten years starting in 1997, he won the Nobel Prize in 2001, and ended up a Ten Year Man in our pool, cashing out for the Buonins!

Three days later, LazyTown actor and internet legend Stefan Karl Stefansson didn’t make it through his only year in the pool, heaving 67 big points to Capone in the process, moving him up to second overall, and keeping that race for the silver tight with Munchak and the Buonins! Three days after that, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous host Robin Leach snapped the Skeides lengthy dry spell with 34 points, just before the news cycle was overwhelmed with the death of war hero/okay politician John McCain, deserving of all our admiration for his grueling service for the country, and also deserving of a fair bit of scorn for desperately foisting Sarah Palin on the world ten years ago.

Never forget

McCain’s death also managed to overshadow the real Death of the Week (an award we might need to start giving out) or Month (in a close race with Aretha) in the most successful comedy playwright of the 20th century, Neil Simon. The Odd Couple, Barefoot in the Park, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Plaza Suite, Chapter Two, the Eugene trilogy of Brighton Beach Memoirs/Biloxi Blues/Broadway BoundLost in Yonkers – you can make a case for some other writers, but it’d be tough to compare with the sheer volume of Simon hits. Many of his plays were turned into movies, but two of his direct-to-screen treatments are among my favorites – Murder by Death and its pseudo-follow up The Cheap Detective in the late ’70s. And like anyone doing a lot of amateur theater growing up, I popped up in a few Simon plays in my time, twice doing productions of The Good Doctor, along with Last of the Red Hot Lovers and The Female Odd Couple.

Eileen scored multiple deaths for the first time since 2015 with McCain, while I finally managed to get to three deaths for my twelfth straight year with Doc Simon. Big week!

This also glosses past the deaths of 2018 undraftees Ed King, guitarist for the Strawberry Alarm Clock and Lynyrd Skynyrd, and actress Barbara Harris, co-founder of the Second City in Chicago, Tony winner, Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee, and co-star in the film version of Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite, to bring us around full circle!

Replacement picks due by next Monday!